U.S. Coast Guard
Coast Guard Station Destin, commissioned in November 1977, is located on Choctawhatchee Bay at the east end of Okaloosa Island. Primary missions include Search and Rescue and a wide range of law enforcement activities including Recreational and Commercial Boating Safety, Fisheries, Marine Environmental Protection, Ports, Waterways, Coastal Security and Drug Interdiction. The unit’s area of responsibility extends 30 miles off-shore into the Gulf of Mexico bordered by Inlet Beach to the east and Navarre Bridge to the west. Inland the unit covers the Choctawhatchee Bay, all bayous, and the Intracoastal Waterway. The station is equipped with two 41-foot Utility Boats and two 25-foot Defender Class Response Boats.

Installation Statistics

  • Buildings: 3
  • Building Square Feet: 22,000
  • Acreage: 6
Six Programs  
  • Maritime Security Operations 
  • Maritime Law Enforcement 
  • Maritime Prevention 
  • Maritime Response 
  • Defense Operations 
  • Marine Transportation System Management
About USCG
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.



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